AAPS PharmSciTech

, 10:1085 | Cite as

Development and Evaluation of Buccal Bioadhesive Tablet of an Anti-emetic Agent Ondansetron

  • Nisreen Hassan
  • R. K. Khar
  • Mushir Ali
  • Javed Ali
Research Article


The aim of the present study was to develop and evaluate a buccal adhesive tablet containing ondansetron hydrochloride (OH). Special punches and dies were fabricated and used while preparing buccal adhesive tablets. The tablets were prepared using carbopol (CP 934), sodium alginate, sodium carboxymethylcellulose low viscosity (SCMC LV), and hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (HPMC 15cps) as mucoadhsive polymers to impart mucoadhesion and ethyl cellulose to act as an impermeable backing layer. The formulations were prepared by direct compression and characterized by different parameters such as weight uniformity, content uniformity, thickness, hardness, swelling index, in vitro drug release studies, mucoadhesive strength, and ex vivo permeation study. As compared with the optimized formulation composed of OH—5 mg, CP 934—30 mg, SCMC LV—165 mg, PEG 6000—40 mg, lactose—5 mg, magnesium stearate—1.5 mg, and aspartame—2 mg, which gave the maximum release (88.15%), non-bitter (OH) that form namely ondansetron base and complexed ondansetron was used in order to make the selected formulation acceptable to human. The result of the in vitro release studies and permeation studies through bovine buccal mucosa revealed that complexed ondansetron gave the maximum release and permeation. The stability of drug in the optimized adhesive tablet was tested for 6 h in natural human saliva; both the drug and device were found to be stable in natural human saliva. Thus, buccal adhesive tablet of ondansetron could be an alternative route to bypass the hepatic first-pass metabolism and to improve the bioavailability of (OH).

Key words

buccal adhesive tablet buccal delivery mucoadhesion ondansetron hydrochloride optimized formula 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nisreen Hassan
    • 1
  • R. K. Khar
    • 1
  • Mushir Ali
    • 1
  • Javed Ali
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pharmaceutics, Faculty of PharmacyJamia Hamdard, Hamdard NagarNew DelhiIndia

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